Featured Books from the New Books Collection

The New Books collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library directly in front of the reference desk.

Rebecca Redwood French & Mark A. Nathan eds Buddhism and Law: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2014) LAW-New Books KNC615.B83 2014

As the first comprehensive study of Buddhism and law in Asia, this interdisciplinary volume challenges the concept of Buddhism as an apolitical religion without implications for law. Buddhism and Law draws on the expertise of the foremost scholars in Buddhist studies and in law to trace the legal aspects of the religion from the time of the Buddha to the present. In some cases, Buddhism provided the crucial architecture for legal ideologies and secular law codes, while in other cases it had to contend with a preexisting legal system, to which it added a new layer of complexity. The wide-ranging studies in this book reveal a diversity of relationships between Buddhist monastic codes and secular legal systems in terms of substantive rules, factoring, and ritual practices. (Publisher’s abstract)

Lisa Blee Framing Chief Leschi (UNC Press 2014) LAW-New Books E99.N74L473 2014

In 1855 in the South Puget Sound, war broke out between Washington settlers and Nisqually Indians. A party of militiamen traveling through Nisqually country was ambushed, and two men were shot from behind and fatally wounded. After the war, Chief Leschi, a Nisqually leader, was found guilty of murder by a jury of settlers and hanged in the territory’s first judicial execution. But some 150 years later, in 2004, the Historical Court of Justice, a symbolic tribunal that convened in a Tacoma museum, reexamined Leschi’s murder conviction and posthumously exonerated him. In Framing Chief Leschi, Lisa Blee uses this fascinating case to uncover the powerful, lasting implications of the United States’ colonial past.

Though the Historical Court’s verdict was celebrated by Nisqually people and many non-Indian citizens of Washington, Blee argues that the proceedings masked fundamental limits on justice for Indigenous people seeking self-determination. Underscoring critical questions about history and memory, Framing Chief Leschi challenges readers to consider whether liberal legal structures can accommodate competing narratives and account for the legacies of colonialism to promote social justice today. (Publisher’s abstract)


On-Line Indian Law Resources

Lupe Ceballos and the Center for Indian Law and Policy prepared this excellent guide of resources on Indian law, Indian rights and treaties, and rights of tribal nations. This guide is useful for everyone from students on their first day in their federal Indian law class to practitioners working in the field.